The incredibly wide and long-lasting popularity of Wheel of Fortune has naturally resulted in adaptation of the TV gameshow for the casino milieu. Thanks to the nicely interlacing demographics of Wheel and slot machine’s target audiences, Wheel of Fortune has inspired not only dozens of knockoffs in online and “bricks-and-mortar” casinos, but also a few franchise-based titles with clearly high productions values.
The intergenerational and expansive audience of the Wheel of Fortune TV gameshow would be great start for any franchise-based slot machine. After all, Wheel of Fortune wasn’t named Second Greatest TV Gameshow of All-Time by TV Guide for nothing.
On top of this inherent fandom, however, is the easily adaptability of a high-concept TV program. Imagine adapted a gameshow like Jeopardy, the Newlywed Game or Family Feud. On the other hand, gameshows such as Wheel of Fortune and The Price is Right, with their catchphrases, rote timing and iconic imagery are easily transformed into slots games. Add in the most recognizable hosts this side of Alex Trebeck and that’s a recipe for a decent slot game.
Though a handful of Wheel of Fortune-based slots are out there, a couple are must-plays for true fans of the TV show.
The game Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin represents, as of this writing, the ultimate extension of the Wheel of Fortune brand in the slot machine genre; this one is far enough removed from the gameshow at this point to exist solely on the basis of the name. In fact, this slots games isn’t so much a riff on the Wheel of Fortune gameshow as another sequel in a line of Wheel of Fortune slots.
Wheel of Fortune Triple Extreme Spin is played on a diamond-shaped game board. This 5-reeler’s game board has rows of 3, 4, 5, 4 and 3 running from left to right. The opportunity to play on 720 paylines sure is enticing, as is the Triple Extreme Bonus feature in this slot; among the prizes in this round are 100x, 150x and 250x bonus multipliers. So who needs to go on a gameshow, anyway…?
Diehard Wheel of Fortune fans will certainly not be able to resist the allure of the Wheel of Fortune on Tour slot. A relatively recent innovation/spinoff to the TV program is a tour bus which holds events around America, spreading merriment and turning letters wherever it goes.
That excitement is captured in this slots game, which includes cutting-edge level-up bonuses. With every 10 bonus symbols accumulated, another level of payouts and bonus rounds is attained. The ultimate result is a 10,000-coin jackpot potentially comparable (depending on wager size, of course) to an actual one-game win on the gameshow itself.
The Wheel of Fortune on Tour slot is also particularly good at combining the best of the slots milieu with the tappings of the gameshow, as best exemplified by the “Letter Board Picker” and “Spin to Win” bonus round nicely reproducing the TV show’s workings.
And…all together now: Wheel! Of! Fortune! Yaaaaaaay!